Earlier, it emerged that the relationship between Facebook and Australia had deteriorated sharply after Facebook reportedly pulled all news in the country from its platform because of its dissatisfaction with Australia’s paid news laws. The message was then processed multiple times, and the situation seemed to build up to a possible breakdown of the relationship. News Corp. announced Monday that it has reached a three-year deal to provide news content to Facebook users in Australia.
To recap, it started with a bill passed by the Australian parliament last month requiring Alphabet’s Google and Facebook to pay media companies for content on their platforms. The move prompted protests from Facebook, which blocked all news content on the platform in Australia. Now, with the formal signing of the cooperation agreement, this represents the end of the matter.
Some netizens believe that when Facebook started to “fight” the Australian law, it was a bit extreme. It simply blocked all news related to the region from the platform, which would harm users to some extent, and affect the normal operation of the platform in the future. It needs to take great risks.